Ayanda Mngoma and Mduduzi Phungula were honored for their outstanding work during the 7th Annual KZN Young Achievers Awards at Blue Waters Hotel on Saturday, 5 August 2017.

Mngoma, a third year Drama Production Studies student was named KZN Young Achiever in the Drama and Film Category, whilst, Phungula a first year Journalism student and RadioDUT and Radio Al Ansaar Presenter was named the KZN Best Youth Radio Initiator.

Talking about her award, Mngoma said she is ecstatic that her work is getting recognition not only at DUT but provincially as well. “Honestly speaking, it has been blessings upon blessings. God just keeps showing off and my work is being recognised. I am honoured and humbled by all this,” she said.

Last month (July 2017), Mngoma was awarded the Lux Best Newcomer Actress in Film during the Simon “Mabhunu” Sabela Awards for her leading role in “Imbali Kababa” (Daddy’s Flower).

Meanwhile, Phungula, RadioDUT’s Afternoon Shut down Presenter said the award came as surprise for him. “The award means everything to me; it is good to see that not only is your work reaching the people but they value it,” he said.

Furthermore, the young radio presenter added that he had always loved broadcast, that is why in 2015 he decided to join Radio Al Ansaar as their Weekend Vibe presenter.

Both Mngoma and Phungula have promised those who have shown faith in their craft that they will do their best in making sure that they never disappoint.

“We will continue reaching out to our communities through our artistic work and inspiring while learning from those who see greatness and believe in us,” said Mngoma and Phungula.

Pictured: Ayanda Mngoma and Mduduzi Dawud Phungula show-off their awards.

Noxolo Memela